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Jones leads Wales on SA tour

Ospreys lock Alun-Wyn Jones will captain a 32-man Wales squad on next month's South Africa tour that features two Tests against the Springboks.

Jones takes the helm from an injured Sam Warburton, who is joined on the sidelines by fellow absentees including Leigh Halfpenny, Scott Williams, Richard Hibbard and Justin Tipuric.

The tour party includes four uncapped players - Ospreys' Bristol-bound back Matthew Morgan, plus the Scarlets trio of wing Jordan Williams, centre Steven Shingler and scrum-half Gareth Davies.

Morgan pressed his claims with an outstanding performance after going on as a second-half substitute for the Possibles in Friday night's senior Wales trial match against the Probables in Swansea that the Probables won 55-7.

Wales head coach Warren Gatland, meanwhile, has named three players who went off injured during the trial - centre Jamie Roberts (shoulder), hooker Ken Owens (knee) and prop Samson Lee (arm).

Lee appeared to be the most seriously injured of the trio.

Wales do not leave for South Africa until next Thursday.

Wales will open the tour with a June 10 clash against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth, before tackling South Africa in Durban four days later and then again in Nelspruit on June 21.

The diminutive Morgan thrilled a capacity 20,000 Liberty Stadium crowd with some superb touches in the trial game.

And Gatland has now handed him a chance to feature on tour, when he will offer options at full-back and fly-half.

Jordan Williams, meanwhile, scored two tries after lining up in the Probables team, while Steven Shingler joins his brother - Scarlets flanker Aaron - on the trip.

Steven Shingler, whose mother was born in Dumfries, was selected in Scotland's provisional 2012 Six Nations squad.

But that decision was contested by the Welsh Rugby Union, as Shingler had made a number of appearances for Wales Under-20s, the WRU's declared second team.

The matter was ultimately adjudicated upon by the International Rugby Board, who ruled in Wales' favour.

Wales have never beaten South Africa away from home, and the tour launches a demanding schedule of fixtures, with six of Wales' next seven Tests being against South Africa, who they face at home in November as well as on the upcoming tour, New Zealand, Australia and England.

An elated Morgan, who heard of his tour selection when Gatland read out the squad at Friday night's post-match function, said: "It hasn't really sunk in. It is a dream to me at the minute.

"I just wanted to go into the (trial) game and play my rugby, and wherever it takes me, it takes me.

"I wanted to go out, try to express myself and enjoy it. It's the way I play.

"If I get a chance to play (in South Africa) I am obviously going to do my best, give it 100 per cent and see what happens from there.

"If I look back a couple of months, I definitely wouldn't have thought I would be going on the summer tour, but things happen and I have taken my chance."

Wales squad:

Backs - L Williams (Scarlets), M Morgan (Ospreys), J Williams (Scarlets), G North (Northampton), A Cuthbert (Cardiff Blues), C Allen (Cardiff Blues), J Roberts (Racing Metro), J Davies (Scarlets), S Shingler (Scarlets), J Hook (Perpignan), D Biggar (Ospreys), M Phillips (Racing Metro), R Williams (Scarlets), G Davies (Scarlets).

Forwards - G Jenkins (Cardiff Blues), P James (Bath), A Jones (Ospreys), R Jones (Scarlets), S Lee (Scarlets), A Jarvis (Ospreys), K Owens (Scarlets), M Rees (Cardiff Blues), S Baldwin (Ospreys), A-W Jones (Ospreys, captain), L Charteris (Perpignan), J Ball (Scarlets), I Evans (Ospreys), A Shingler (Scarlets), J Turnbull (Scarlets), D Lydiate (Racing Metro), T Faletau (Newport Gwent Dragons), D Baker (Ospreys).


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